Veteran Conservationist Gayle Wood‘s Five-Month Contract at NPCA Now Extended Until End of This Year
News from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority with a Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted July 24th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
By Doug Draper
Let me say right up front that in this veteran environment reporter’s view, what follows is news that everyone who cares about restoring, protecting and preserving our region’s natural heritage should greet with a cheer.
And here is why.
After a more than six-year-long, dark journey into night for a Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) that had lost its way, Gayle Wood is one of the very best things that have happened in recent times to this vital voice of an agency for a Niagara watershed that enriches our communities and our lives.
In the little more than four-and-a-half months since March 1st, 2019, when she began a five-month stint as NPCA’s interim Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Secretary-Treasurer, this veteran conservationist, in concert with a new board of directors and a staff with a renewed sense of passion and purpose, has already gone a long way toward getting the Conservation Authority back to focusing on watershed restoration and other projects and programs that have been the focus of its mission and mandate – and the reason for its existence – for well over half a century.
Now, in a July 24th news release, the NPCA’s current board of directors has officially announced that Gayle Wood has accepted a contract extension, discussed and approved during a closed- session of its July 17th board meeting, that continues until the end of this year.
Given the sorry state of affairs that the NPCA was in not all that many months ago – before the NPCA’s new board, staff and Gayle Wood began firing on all cylinders – the extension of Gayle Wood’s contract is good news, indeed, and given all of the rebuilding work there is still left to do, the NPCA and our region are fortunate to have her.
Now here is the NPCA’s July 24th news release on this key contract extension –
BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXTENDS CAO CONTRACT
At their July monthly Full Authority Meeting, the NPCA Board of Directors voted to extend the contract of CAO/Secretary-Treasurer, Gayle Wood, until Dec. 31, 2019.
On Feb. 22, 2019, Ms. Wood was hired on a five-month contract to help provide stability during a period of much transition.
“We are very pleased to extend Ms. Wood’s contract as she has proven to be an efficient, trustworthy, and dedicated CAO, who has brought the organization to a position of stability during a challenging time,” says Dave Bylsma, NPCA Board Chair. “The Board appreciates her ability and willingness to work together, and her knowledge and expertise have been essential to the progress that we have achieved.”
Her approved work plan for the five-month period included:
- Working with the NPCA staff team to improve communication and ensure stabilization
- Establishing working relationships with the Chair, Vice Chair, and Board of Directors
- Improving working relationship with municipalities/MPP’s
- Improving community and media relations
“I am thrilled to be continuing my work with the NPCA staff and Board of Directors, as we complete the Auditor General’s recommendations and prepare for the future of conservation in the Niagara Peninsula Watershed,” says Gayle Wood, NPCA CAO/Secretary-Treasurer. “Since the beginning of my tenure, I have found our Board of Directors to be exemplary, and strongly believe the staff of the NPCA has shown their passion, professionalism, and perseverance.”
Under Ms. Wood’s leadership, community and media relations have improved, a revitalized restoration program was launched, and a complete reorganization was completed.
About NPCA – The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.
NPCA manages 42 Conservation Areas, including Ball’s Falls, Binbrook, Long Beach and Chippawa Creek. These lands are held in public trust for recreation, heritage preservation, conservation, and education. NPCA’s Conservation Areas marry nature, culture and adventure to create limitless opportunities for discovery.
To read an earlier news release from the NPCA on Gayle Woods hiring this past winter as interim CAO, click on – https://npca.ca/our-voice/post/npca-welcomes-gayle-wood
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